Blossom Time revisited

Crab apple blossom in bloom just minutes away from Paddington Station in the new Paddington Central development

Thanks for all your comments on my Blossom Time post last week and my subsequent entry on the Garden Bloggers Facebook Group. Whilst it wasn't a formal poll of your favourites, I thought I'd share the results. Besides, it gives me the perfect excuse to share the elegant crab apple blossom I discovered in some new public planting at Kingdom Street, Paddington Central last week. My long waiting times for the off-peak trains from the station need never be boring again.

Your favourites broadly agreed with mine with ornamental cherry topping the poll, closely followed by magnolia, then a tie between apple and Amelanchier. Many of you said 'whatever is currently in flower' instead, which is a sentiment I heartily concur.

Hawthorn, blackthorn, quince and pear all got a mention. You also added Cornus mas, camellia, Paulownia and lilac to the list. You reminded me that many flowering shrubs add great blossom value to spring, with Edgeworthia and witch hazel getting a particular nod. I also saw some fantastic ornamental currants at Hardwick Hall last week.

Whatever the final choices, it's clear that Blossom Time struck a chord with many of you.

Striking trees and benches at Paddington Central

Comments

  1. It's just a shame that it doesn't last just a bit longer for us to enjoy all the more. Flighty xx

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    1. Interesting point Flighty, would a longer Blossom Time mean we'd take it for granted instead of wanting more?

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  2. You always supply such interesting lunchtime reading. While I'm sitting in my pottingshed, I'm mooching over to the Paddington Central website. So fascinating reading about the women who've lived there. I keep muttering "I didn't know that," every few minutes :) x

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    1. Oh thank you Karen :) I'm often amazed at how a surprise discovery reveals many more layers of interest once I come and delve a bit deeper. For those of you who are wondering, Karen's referring to this article: https://www.paddingtoncentral.com/article/five-inspiring-paddington-women

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  3. The area has more goodies to come with the nearby canal taking part in this year's Chelsea Fringe with a Floating Pocket Park in May: http://www.chelseafringe.com/event/londons-first-floating-pocket-park/2017-05-20/

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  4. Our magnolia is shedding petals already :-(

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    1. So is next door's :( On the plus side I'm using the discarded petals as mulch

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  5. That looks a delightful spot to while away a wait for a train or lunch hour. I'm intrigued by the planting underneath which looks quite new. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth here this spring - my crab apple has but one head of blossom :(

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    1. It's very new Anna, late 2016 in fact. I'll be inspecting it at regular intervals to see how it goes...

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  6. When I was a child I despised blossom because it made me ill. I still suffer at this time of year, but I love blossom now. My favourites are pluot, Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer', quince and medlar. I'm afraid I didn't vote in the poll because it has taken me this long to choose a favourite! *4 favourites.

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    1. Good choices Sarah and I can confidently say we all like blossom, so 4 favourites is an absolute minimum :)

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  7. Amazing place article and photos. I love that beautiful blossoms. I am happy for I don't have allergy to flowers and blossoms and I can smell without sneeze.

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    1. Hi Ellenor - welcome to Veg Plotting, I'm glad you enjoyed the article :)

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